Boehmke Publishes Study on the Effect of BLM Protests on Public Opinion
Frederick Boehmke, director of the Iowa Social Science Research Center, recently co-authored and published a study entitled "Did Black Lives Matter Protests Change Public Opinion?" that explores the ways in which the presence and proximity of BLM protests changed public views and opinions on the subject. The study used public opinion data from Iowa merged with protest locations in Iowa to analyze the impact of exposure to protests, specifically protests that occurred during the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement. Hyein Ko, doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science co-authored the study and the PPC supported three undergraduate students, Samuel Avery, Marissa Good, and Thomas Dainty, who worked on the study through the Iowa Policy and Opinion Lab.